Scientists announce the fracture of the largest glacier in the Arctic due to global warming


September 15, 2020

113 km² of the largest floating ice cap in the Arctic is fractured by warmer temperatures in Greenland, a direct consequence of global warming. Although, the landslides of a glacier are normal, not of immense frozen platforms of that size.

“We see an increase in the speed (of disintegration) in this ice cap, the largest one,” said Jason Box, professor of glaciology at the Geological Institute of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS.

In the satellite images disseminated by GEUS, it can be seen that vast areas of ice have now separated from that gigantic ice cap in the northeast of the Arctic territory, which flows into the “79 fjord” (“Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden”).

Since 1999, the 79 N glacier has lost 160 km², the phenomenon has accelerated in the last two years. “If hot summers like those observed in the last two years learned, they will contribute to the acceleration of sea level rise on a global scale,” said the researcher.

The decrease in frozen areas in Greenland will contribute to a 10-12 cm rise in sea level between now and 2100.

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